Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding a lens flare effect, part of Portrait Project: Changing a Background for Dramatic Effect.
…In this movie, we'll have some fun…experimenting with applying a filter to our photograph.…In particular, a lens flare filter so that we have a lens flare coming off…of the shoulder of the subject, and kind of coming across the subject in this way.…Now in order to apply a filter with…flexibility, what we're going to need to do is…to merge all of our underlying layers to…the topmost layer, and then convert that layer to…a Smart Filter. Let me show you what I mean.…Well, in order to merge everything that we've done so far,…to be able to apply a filter, whether that's to create…a filter like lens flare, or a filter like sharpening, we…need to use and to learn an important keyboard shortcut combination.…
Now this one is a bit long, yet…it's really worthwhile to learn and to write down.…On a Mac, press Shift+Option+Cmd+E.…On Windows, that's Shift+Alt+Ctrl+E.…That will take your underlying layers and merge them to the topmost layer.…Then, let's double click that layer name.…Let's go ahead and name this layer Lens Flare.…
- Combining multiple exposures in one Photoshop file
- Selecting and removing the subject from the background
- Using masking to combine images together
- Improving color, details, and tone